El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 108, Los Angeles Clippers 92
|Tim Duncan, C 35 MIN | 12-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +26Vintage minutes, vintage performance.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +9My only complaint is that Kawhi Leonard didn’t play more minutes. Best part of his performance: a couple mean box outs.|
|Boris Diaw, PF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +24Diaw shot poorly, but his 12 boards were a critical component of this victory.|
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 1-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 7 PTS | +26The Spurs’ biggest adjustment in Game 2 is finding a way to shake LA’s coverage of Parker. Parker struggled from the field—largely due to the Clippers’ D—but still found ways to get his teammates buckets.|
|Daniel Green, G 29 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +14Danny Green shoots the ball when he’s open. It’s a skill. It’s a skill that hurt the Clippers. It’s a skill that will continue to hurt the Clippers.|
|Stephen Jackson, SG 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS | -6Not enough productivity from Jack tonight.|
|Matt Bonner, PF 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7A forgettable game from Bonner, other than the fact that he may have hurt his hand in the first half.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 27 MIN | 6-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | +12Ginobili is forcing everything, and I mean that in a good way. He still seems like he’s in a funk, but it’s hard to worry about 22 point in 27 minute funks.|
|Gary Neal, PG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -8Neal is troubled by pressure. His inability to advance the ball against an aggressive press/trap could cost him minutes this series.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -11Splitter needs to do more, and whatever that is, it can’t include trying to beat guards off the dribble.|
|DeJuan Blair, F 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1GT.|
|James Anderson, SG 1 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -1GT.|
|Patrick Mills, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +1GT.|
Three Things We Saw
- The Spurs shot 81% in the paint, 52% from three, and 33% from midrange. Clips shot 54%, 47%, 48% from those ranges respectively. More importantly? The Spurs took 51 shots from three/paint to 15 midrange shots (a full eight of which were Duncan). The Clips took 48 from three/paint, but 27 shots from the midrange. Super efficient distribution from the Spurs — dictated where their offense was coming from. Very good work. Of the Clips’ midrange shots… three from Kenyon Martin, five from Blake Griffin. Don’t know about you, but I’d sure as hell take that any day of the week.
- Duncan had 26-10-2-2-2. He’s 36. No advanced stats needed. That’s incredible. And the Spurs are now 11-0 when the Big Three combine for 50+ points this year. Yes, 50+ among three players. That’s all it takes for the Spurs right now.
- Nice statistical quirk. Tonight, the Spurs’ 7th leading scorer (Gary Neal) had 5 points. Seventh. Earlier tonight, the Miami Heat’s 3rd leading scorer (Mario Chalmers) had 5 points. That’s depth.